The Science of Mindfulness : The Great Courses: Better Living

  • by The Great Courses
  • Narrated by Professor Ronald Siegel
  • Series: The Great Courses: Better Living
  • 13 hrs and 57 mins
  • Lecture

Publisher's Summary

Ever noticed that trying to calm down often produces more agitation? That trying to change bad habits can seem impossible? Or that real fulfillment can be elusive, despite living a successful life?
Often, such difficulties stem from the human brain's hardwired tendency to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Modern science demonstrates that this survival mechanism served the needs of our earliest ancestors, but is at the root of many problems that we face today, such as depression, compulsive and addictive behaviors, chronic pain, and stress and anxiety.
For thousands of years, people have used mindfulness practices to deal effectively with a wide range of life challenges. But how exactly does mindfulness work, in scientific terms? How can the human brain, which gives rise to so many of our problems, actually provide a solution?
We are now in the midst of an explosion of scientific research demonstrating that mindfulness practice changes both the function and the structure of the brain. Numerous studies show which parts of the brain are affected by mindfulness practice, and how these neurobiological changes benefit our minds and bodies.
Now, in the 24 fascinating lectures of The Science of Mindfulness, Professor Siegel, a clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School, reveals the science behind mindfulness in compelling detail and demonstrates its application to a wide range of issues - psychological, social, and medical. You'll examine the neurobiology underlying ancient practices that are now profoundly influencing the contemporary world. And you'll learn many practical ways you can use mindfulness techniques in your own life.
This playful, caring course demonstrates the effectiveness of mindfulness in responding to many of humanity's fundamental existential problems.
PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

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A fascinating introduction to the science behind mindfulness. Some sitters may be put off thinking it attempts to high jack the spiritual dimension of mindfulness. It doesn't. Instead it provides further insight into the way we are genetically predisposed to think and react in certain ways. Science is realising the Buddha was right. It's only taken them 2500 years!
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- Mr

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As a mental health nurse, I found this book incredibly useful for my work. It helped me understand what the big deal was about mindfulness and Siegel narrates it so well that even I understood it. I am now able to explain to my patients why mindfulness is so useful to mental health and I'm able to share techniques with them, which has helped them in lots of situations such as to calm and even to resist urges to harm themselves. I want to continue using it and gain more insight as I am starting to feel that this is more effective than CBT.

It was also engaging because I was able to use it and relate it to my own life. Mindfulness and the techniques in this book has empowered me to calm down my overeating and procrastinating. I'm still working own mindfulness skills but this book has made me want to continue working on it forever!

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- sam

Book Details

  • Release Date: 22-08-2014
  • Publisher: The Great Courses